Six Characters In Search of an Author Six characters insearch of an author is an Italian play of Luigi Pirandello. When the playpublished its audience and critics had various opinions related to this play. Theearlier performance of the play was something confused, but in 1925 in the 3rdedition Pirandello explained better ideas and conveys a clarified structure. Six characters in search of an authoris something different, here we can see a play within a play. The play is about story telling of actual characters tothe actors. There are two plots, one is the reality and other is the acting or theater.The play begins in a stage where the rehearsal of Pirandello’s play ‘Mixing itup’ is taking place, the actor and actors entering the Prompter anothercharacter is waiting for manager in order to begin the rehearsal.
Leading lady,leading man, are the other actors. But after few minutes the rehearsal getsdisturbed because of a unexpectedentering of six people. Then the play continues with these six characters. Allof them belong in a single family and their wish to find a director for tellingtheir family story. All six characters names are symbolic the father, mother,step daughter, son, boy and the girl.
After visiting the Manager they say theyare enquiring for an author for performing their story and request these sixcharacters will be able to perform the role. The Manager tries to throw themout of the theatre, but later more intrigued when they described their story. Thefather who started,to telling story mother but now she fall in love with hismale secretary. So having these bored life with her father say to her to leavewith his secretary. But the mother begins a new life and has three children. Graduallythe father starts to miss her and father still loves them. Meanwhile theManager asked them why that lady dressed like a widow still having her husbandliving, then they explain her lover is died.
After other man dies the motherand her children return to the city. She gets a new job in Madame Pace’s dressshop, but Madame Pace issuing her daughter as a prostitute. Then the twist isthe father went to the tailoring shop insearch of a girl for enjoying his good time. Accidentally he chooses the stepdaughter the father trying to seduce her.
It interrupted by her mother’sunexpected entering the room. After this incident father came to the mother andaccept the whole family and invites to live with him, it caused his son toresent them for intruding in his life.After hearing this Manager agreesto start the play the scene where the father is in the dress shop that meetingthe step daughter. But ther both the father and step daughter protest that itwill be not realistic. Finally manager stops the play and allows continuing thestory. For the second scene Manager forces the characters to act it in thegarden of the father’s home. The mothe approaches the son and tries to talk tohim, but he refuses. In the garden hesees the youngest daughter drowned in the fountain and rushes over to pull herout.
In the process, he spots the step-son with a revolver. The young boyshoots himself, causing the mother to scream out for him while running over tohim.The manager, watching this entire scene, is unable to tell if it is stillacting or if it is reality. Fed up with the whole thing, then the Manager shouted against all and he regrets that he lostwhole day for this absurdsity.